Learn about gardening using the many free resources available at Life Lab. Begin at the section for educators that includes curriculum guides, gardening resources, and professional development resources including archived webinar recordings. Learn more about the site's garden classrooms through shared documents including maps and links to ideas such as composting, gathering spaces, and ideas for themed gardens.
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In the Classroom
If you are lucky enough to have garden space in your school, use Life Lab as a resource for teaching math and science skills through your garden. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on plants. Share the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on the site to use for inspiration for your school's garden. Collaborate with others in your school to curate a list of gardening ideas and resources using Padlet, reviewed here. Be sure to include students in the planning and design process too! Once you have a list of ideas that will work for your teaching situation, use an online polling tool like Dotstorming, < a href="/single.cfm?id=16997">reviewed here for students to vote on their favorite options. Dotstorming also allows options for adding comments. Maintain interest in your garden project by sharing information on your class webpage on a routine basis. Ask students to create blog posts detailing the latest information and include pictures taken by students. Bring life to your images using ThingLink, reviewed here to annotate and share information about specific parts of your image. Hang on to your pictures of the garden from start to finish, then as a final project, create a class book using Book Creator, reviewed here to tell and share your garden story from start to finish.